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Dec. 6, 2006 -- No. 585

Carolina receives recognition
for community engagement

CHAPEL HILL - The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a "community-engaged university" in recognition of Carolina's continual collaborations with the community and its commitment to fostering community service among students, faculty and staff.

The classification, a new addition to the Carnegie Foundation's approach to recognizing quality colleges and universities, "represents a significant affirmation of the importance of community engagement in the agenda of higher education," Alexander McCormick, director of Carnegie's classification work, said in a statement.

"Carolina is honored to receive national recognition as an institution that takes the well-being and enhancement of our local, national and global communities to heart," said Mike Smith, Carolina's vice chancellor for public service and engagement. "Public service here really is a defining characteristic of this university."

Colleges and universities across the country sought consideration for the classification by submitting documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, the Carnegie Foundation said.

Institutions were classified into one of three categories: "Curricular engagement," which entails engaging students and faculty with the community; "outreach and partnership," which combines the application and provision of institutional resources to mutually benefit the campus and the community, such as research and economic development; and a category that combines both aspects. Carolina was one of 62 institutions in the country that met the requirements for the combined category.

"This recognition says that community engagement is infused throughout all aspects of Carolina. It's not just a concept of learning and teaching, but also one of research and service," said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service.

"We will continue to work collaboratively and cohesively locally, nationally and beyond, and instill in our students the importance of civic duty to retain this classification," Smith said.

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